Somehow Labor Day comes in and tries to rip away my days of Summer. Somehow I awoke and didn't want to bask in the sun. Each day this weekend was filled with activity and even taught me a few things... Let's go step by step...
I think it started Thursday night. I met Nick over at Matt's because his parents were in from Pittsburgh. Keilly, Matt's mom and I got away from the guys and talked about their upcoming wedding. They are having a HUGE production!!! We just talked about girl things and wedding cakes and bridesmaid dresses. I have another best friend, Paige getting married on the same day so ummm somehow I am going to have to make it to both occasions or one of them will slit my throat!!!
Football Kickoff Cookout
We had a cookout at Nick's to signal the start of football season. Everyone brought their dogs and food and we had a blast. Kevin & Jessica brought Trooper & Leo; Nick's parents brought BJ & Shiner; and then Geoff had Miya... Blake & Melissa also were let in even though they didn't have a dog! We sat outside on the patio talking for hours. It was the perfect night.
Yep, that was the movie Donna and I rented Saturday night... freaky... We had a girls night since Ashton was out of town and Nick was engulfed in football. I learned a few things while talking to her... Donna lives a close parallel of Dad and I's life... Her mother lives in California and she is the only child. Her dad was in ICU for a few days last week meaning she went to take care of him and did all of the adult duties. Not many people understand our situation... Mine is different now that Dad is married, but being the big adult is not any different. I remember those days of when Dad would get a cold I would leave college that weekend to take care of him, I cleaned his entire house, I cooked healthy for him... I felt like I had to take care of him with Mom gone. You are put into this position to make these choices that you do not wish to make. Even though he is married I sometimes revert back to it because it is like second nature to care for your dad. I remember at one point Jana said (Her parents are divorced and she is an only child)... they were told her dad might die and she was asked to sign a lot of forms in high school... my gosh... The pain from Donna talking about it just hurt me... Her dad is older and he isn't getting married and that fear is just always there being six hours away from home. For a moment I remembered what all I had been through and just thanked God for letting my Dad have someone like Brenda who loves him so much and for having our extended family who all takes care of one another.
I had a huge epiphany while on the subject of being blessed... I was frustrated with Nick because I had cleaned his house before the cookout and he still removed the rugs and did some more things... Later I was frustrated because he didn't like the movie I picked out. I just kept telling him over and over he should be greatful I even put effort into cleaning that house and he should be greatful I went to Blockbuster!!!... Well, I realized later that is how God feels... I whine and gripe and tell God I want this or that... and God is telling me to look around because the blessings abide!!!
My sorority sister, Amber was in town from New York so I got together with two of my old sorority sisters, Anna & Corrina and headed to a pool party in Uptown. It was a blast... We just chit chatted and basked in the sun. I figure that's the best way to let go of my time at the pool this summer... good memories!
Later that night we went to Nick's parents' house for some bratwurst and banana pudding! Nick's mom and I ended up watching "Manson" on The History Channel... it was insane. My great grandmother tells us she thinks we are related to Tex Watson that did the massive killings... She was a Watson and believes it was one of her great nephews... ummm yeah...
I guess I'm ready for Fall weather combined with football and leisure. We only have two weddings this football season!!! The two I mentioned above are in May!!! The class ahead of me is having their ten year reunion and I would love to attend Homecoming, but I doubt it's in the cards. Next year I will be helping... I swear, I started all of our BSHS 2000 groups a few years ago just to prepare on Facebook and MySpace!!! I love reunions!!! Big Spring is nothing like it was growing up for me anymore, but it's such a magical place full of memories for me to visit.
It's now time for the lights to go out as I get ready for work tomorrow. I'm already wondering if it's the weekend. We have Brad Paisley and Nick's Granny's birthday ahead this weekend... And church... ummm I didn't get up in time this weekend! You see... so very blessed... I'll have to remember that next time I whine to God that I'm just not too happy with the score of the football game.